Ontario Helping Underprivileged Youth Start Careers in Construction

Published on July 26, 2021

As our province safely and steadily reopens we’re seeing strong demand for qualified workers across many industries. That’s why this government is investing over $600,000 to help up to 390 youth from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the trades train for and secure apprenticeships in the construction sector.


This training offers young people a hand up and opens the door to well-paying, in-demand and meaningful careers in the plumbing, steam fitting, electrical, elevator mechanic and refrigeration trades. Programming will be delivered by Hammer Heads, a non-profit organization that supports underprivileged youth from the Greater Toronto Area, in partnership with the Pinball Clemons Foundation and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 353.


This initiative aligns with the province’s Skilled Trades Strategy, which supports economic recovery by breaking the stigma of the skilled trades, simplifying the apprenticeship system and encouraging businesses to hire more apprentices. Funding is through the $115 million Skills Development Fund, designed to support fresh ideas for training and skills development that will help our economy recover and prosper.


People interested in the January cohort can apply, for free, through referrals by youth employment agencies, employment service providers, case workers, job coaches, youth shelters, Children’s Aid and other youth support providers. Applications are also accepted online at https://www.hammerheadsprogram.com/.


The government remains committed to helping Ontario’s workforce build the in-demand skills they need to find good, meaningful, and well-paying jobs.


Visit Ontario.ca/jobs for resource and supports to help connect job seekers with employers.


Learn more: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000585/ontario-helping-underprivileged-youth-start-careers-in-construction